Services supporting the research lifecycle

eRIC will provide several services and tools to accompany the complete life cycle of scientific knowledge generation and transfer. All services and tools offered are assigned to the four stages in the lifecycle of a research project, as identified by a survey among our researchers.

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Stage 1: Finding a research topic by reviewing literature

In the first phase of the research lifecycle, you set the basis for your research project. You select a topic, review specific literature systematically and identify research questions. The eRIC team will advise you on the various literature search and reference management services available at your institution.

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Stage 2: Planning research and accessing resources

The eRIC Workbench offers project management tools and supports you in creating a project structure, planning individual work stages, using resources, and documenting entire research projects. Project planning includes a tool for creating data management plans.

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Stage 3: Collecting and analyzing data

You can collect and process primary data in the electronic lab journal, the eRIC Workbench. Furthermore, the eRIC team will develop customised tools, such as interfaces for automated data import or methods for extracting technical metadata to the lab journal, on request.

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Stage 4: Publishing research data and transferring knowledge

The eRIC team will advise you on where and how to publish research results. Additionally, documenting each stage of a research process in the eRIC Workbench facilitates knowledge transfer to the project team or collaborators.